Latest News for Stars and Galaxies Archive
12 January 2011, 07:08 PM ET
Astronomers have now measured the most massive black hole known from our cosmic neighborhood, a huge beast with a mass of 6.6 billion suns, a new study reports.
12 January 2011, 04:45 PM ET
An advanced camera on a South American telescope will search for clues to why the universe's expansion is speeding up.
12 January 2011, 04:15 PM ET
The lightweight stars originally looked like planets to the exoplanet-hunting observatory.
12 January 2011, 01:02 PM ET
Cosmic lenses created by pockets of warped space-time may be throwing off the population count of the earliest galaxies.
12 January 2011, 01:01 PM ET
Study finds a 'protocluster' of galaxies as they were only a billion years after the Big Bang
10 January 2011, 05:20 PM ET
The newly discovered Kepler-10b isn't the first alien planet that astronomers have announced is rocky. But they're more sure about Kepler-10b's composition than they've been before, because they know its host star so well.
10 January 2011, 03:46 PM ET
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is helping demystify one of the strangest space objects ever seen.
10 January 2011, 01:14 PM ET
The alien solar system could reveal why many planets orbit so close to their parents.
10 January 2011, 10:00 AM ET
Jupiter, the moon and Uranus will over a skywatching show as the crescent moon passes north of both planets on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.
09 January 2011, 01:01 PM ET
Which comes first: a galaxy or its central black hole?
06 January 2011, 12:33 PM ET
Infrared and X-ray images show our neighboring galaxy in a whole new light.
05 January 2011, 11:28 AM ET
A gorgeous new image from the European Southern Observatory shows the glowing, blue Lagoon Nebula - a hotbed of stellar activity - amid a backdrop speckled with bright stars.
05 January 2011, 09:34 AM ET
For years, scientists thought that huge black holes needed to gorge on matter from colliding galaxies. But that may not be, a new study finds.
04 January 2011, 06:28 PM ET
A ten-year-old amateur astronomer became the youngest person to have ever discovered a stellar explosion, after detecting a supernova in a galaxy within the constellation of Camelopardalis.
29 December 2010, 05:17 PM ET
Intelsat's "zombie" Galaxy 15 satellite that spent months adrift in orbit recently came back to life by resetting itself after an unprecedented malfunction.
27 December 2010, 08:59 AM ET
Some of the brightest stellar explosions in the sky may be flying under astronomers' radar, a new study suggests.
26 December 2010, 08:21 AM ET
NASA's WISE infrared telescope, which recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its launch into space, has returned some stunning photos lately.
23 December 2010, 04:52 AM ET
Massive stars can form in isolation, not just in crowds.
22 December 2010, 04:03 PM ET
After the Big Dipper, probably the best known grouping of stars in the sky is the constellation Orion.
22 December 2010, 02:06 PM ET
A puzzlingly regular wax-and-wane pattern in the richness of life on Earth may ultimately trace back to our solar system's bobbing path through the Milky Way, a new study suggests.
21 December 2010, 03:34 PM ET
A new array of radio telescopes has captured its first image, showing a huge jet blasting away from a galaxy with a powerful black hole at its heart.
20 December 2010, 10:34 AM ET
Simple tricks and hacks to get you tack-sharp focus on objects seen through a telescope.
20 December 2010, 10:32 AM ET
When you look out deeply into space, you look back far into time. Who might be looking back at you? When did they live? Are they still there? How long will we last? Sky-watching brings wonder...
20 December 2010, 08:45 AM ET
The Yuletide evening sky should provide a brilliant spectacle for anyone willing to brave the cold this season.
17 December 2010, 06:29 AM ET
Astronomers have mapped a rare type of molecule in cosmic clouds that could reveal secrets about how stars form.
16 December 2010, 10:12 PM ET
The young universe was an engine of fast-paced star birth, according to new research.
14 December 2010, 09:07 AM ET
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed what looks like a festive holiday bauble in space – a delicate sphere of gas floating serenely in the cosmos.
09 December 2010, 05:08 PM ET
A jumbo jet outfitted with a telescope completed its first science flight Wednesday (Dec. 1), demonstrating the aircraft's potential to observe the infrared universe.
09 December 2010, 08:19 AM ET
A stunning new photo shows a swarm of ancient stars in a globular cluster.
08 December 2010, 01:01 PM ET
The early universe went through its own dark ages before the first stars formed and emitted the first light.
08 December 2010, 01:01 PM ET
A huge, scorching-hot alien planet boasts surprising amounts of carbon, suggesting that worlds beyond our own solar system may be far more diverse than scientists had imagined, according to a new study.
07 December 2010, 07:06 PM ET
A faraway star sparkles with the largest amount of zirconium — the stuff fake diamonds are made from — ever seen, study finds.
07 December 2010, 07:31 AM ET
A space telescope has spotted a strange, distant galaxy cluster whose heart is surprisingly cold.
06 December 2010, 07:45 AM ET
While holiday decorations are popping up all over on people's houses this season, they are not the only glittering spectacles to be seen: For the ultimate Christmas lights all you have to do is look up.
30 November 2010, 08:15 AM ET
A Wisconsin paper-mill worker who once dreamed of being an astrophysicist has brought the stars within his grasp, building an elaborate planetarium in his own backyard.
30 November 2010, 08:15 AM ET
An over-the-hill galaxy thought to be beyond its fertile years appears to be giving birth to new stars after all, new Hubble Space Telescope images show.